The British Boxing Board of Control have announced the first British title mandatories and title resolutions for 2018, with the notices by the board being published publicly today. (updates regarding title holders only)
British cruiserweight titleholder Matty Askin will be facing Stephen Simmons on the 17th of March at the York Hall, Bethnal Green. The BBBofC have announced that promoter David Haye of Hayemaker-Ringstar has won the rights to fight following purse bids on the 10th of January. Matty Askin & Stephen Simmons has been scheduled to face each other previously on October the 6th last year. Askin has held the British title since May of 2017, picking up the then-vacant title against Craig Kennedy with a 6th round stoppage of the Welshman in a dominating performance.
Light-Heavyweight title holder Frank Buglioni and the BBBofC are still awaiting a date from promoter Eddie Hearn regarding for the to be rescheduled clash with Commonwealth title holder and mandatory challenger Callum Johnson.
Rocky Fielding has been ordered by the BBBofC to defend his Super-Middleweight title against Zach Parker with a deal to be struck by 12:00noon on Wednesday the 14th February before purse bids are called on the 14th. However, According to the BBBofC Fielding will be defending Commonwealth title against Vejinder Singh on the 31st of March with Frank Warren promoting the contest at the Copper Box Arena, London.
As previously reported, Tommy Langford is still set to defend his British middleweight title against Jack Arnfield on 17th February in Manchester. It is likely that this particular contest will form part of the undercard of the WBSS semi-final & WBA world super-middleweight title clash between George Groves & Chris Eubank Jnr held on the same date.
The BBBofC have ordered that Maxi Hughes & Sam Bowen will contest the currently vacant British Super-Featherweight title. The board have ordered the relevant parties to agree to terms before the 14th of February, before purse bids take place at 12 noon on the 14th. The fight between Hughes & Bowen must take place before the end of May.
Featherweight titleholder Ryan Walsh is still scheduled to face Isaac Lowe on the 17th of February as part of the Groves vs Eubank Jnr undercard in Manchester.
Super-Bantamweight champion Thomas Patrick Ward has been ordered to defend his title against former opponent and former titleholder Jazza Dickens, with an agreement to be stuck before January 14th or purse bids will be called. However, this is unlikely to get to purse bids due to both being handled by Frank Warren.
Kash Farooq has been ordered to be next in line to challenge for the Bantamweight title which is currently held by Josh Wale. Wale faces Bobby Jenkinson on the February 2nd with the winner having to obligate mandatory challenger Farooq next. The board have ordered that a deal must be agreed upon before February 14th before purse bids are called.